This was the first Erdrich book I read. It was also the first novel by a Native American woman I'd read. It was an assignment in my women's studies course and I was very young and very sure of myself and very knowledgeable about every little thing in the world.
For some reason that I don't remember now, this book knocked me down my hill and left me muddied and scratched at the bottom.
I've been a fan of Erdrich ever since.